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Bringing participants to impoverished areas for volunteering, voluntourist organizations typically bill their trips as a chance for travelers to fulfill their philanthropic desires and undergo a life-changing experience.

Intention guiding action: Breaking away from harmful voluntourism

By Dresden Benke December 7, 2023

Some names have been changed to protect student privacy. With nearly 10 million participants yearly, the $2 billion voluntourism industry has become a rapidly growing travel trend. Bringing participants...

Participants talked about their favorite Middle Eastern traditions and their personal experiences as Arab or Jewish students while enjoying baklava, a Middle Eastern pastry.

Photo of the Day, December 4: Yallah Club meeting

By Zach Jaffe December 4, 2023

On Dec. 4, the Yallah Club hosted its second meeting during lunch to bring Arab and Jewish students together and share their cultures. Participants talked about their favorite Middle Eastern traditions...

Today, consumers cannot trust that deals and discounts are saving them money — blurring the lines between tricks and genuine sales. 

Consuming in a digital world: The battlefield of online shopping

By Annie DeLuca December 4, 2023

Shopping was once a stress-relieving way to treat yourself and others, but when online shoppers hit the checkout button, most are unaware of the perfectly orchestrated trap they’ve fallen into. From...

The event took place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the commons, and was open to all staff, students and families.

Photo of Yesterday, 11/30: PTSA screening of Race to Be Human

By Romina Mofrad December 1, 2023

On Nov. 30, The PTSA Stressbusters Committee hosted a screening of the documentary Race to Be Human. The event took place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the commons, and was open to all staff, students and...

In his foundational literary dyad, “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” Homer describes an eccentric series of events, ultimately changing the landscape of future literature forever. But today, students are rarely able to read his original Ancient Greek correspondence and instead study versions translated and interpreted by linguistic experts, most of whom are men.

Lost in translation: The first female English translation of Homer’s epics makes waves

By Colette Yehl November 29, 2023

On the dense pages of Homer’s legendary epics, swords collide, wars rage, lovers unite, cyclops brawl, deaths ensue and the gods intervene in everyday life. In his foundational literary dyad, “The...

The experiences of gender-nonconforming students at Whitman shed light on the process of discovery, acceptance and coming out, as well as the struggles accompanying this transition.

Teens in transition: Navigating life in the wrong body

By Dresden Benke November 27, 2023

Some names have been changed to protect students’ privacy. A young high school boy, working towards college and spending time with his family, looks sorrowfully in the mirror — the face staring...

The play centers around the complicated workings of a group’s relationship dynamics at the turn of the 20th century.

Whitman Drama kicks off “season of scandal” with farce “A Flea in Her Ear”

By Liam Darnell November 21, 2023

Inside a French mansion, two women in bright, elaborate dresses sit down on an ornate couch as one gossips to the other about her scandalous suspicion: her husband is cheating on her. “This put a...

“They have an important voice”: National Museum of Women in the Arts reopens after a two-year renovation

By Laura Gine-Vega November 20, 2023

As visitors step foot in the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) reopening, a live band playing various music greets them. With the music in the background, viewers enjoy the multitude of events...

Today, there are over 33 billion chickens, and approximately 10 million U.S. households raise them.

“It’s different than having a household pet”: Raising backyard chickens

By Celia Noya November 20, 2023

Strolling through Bethesda neighborhoods, pedestrians pass by endless suburban front yards featuring lush manicured lawns, towering trees and flower beds blooming with daffodils. For some families, this...

The contest’s top three finalists were all Whitman students in Bruneel’s Honors English 10 class, with Lucas Yamamoto receiving first place, Dresden Benke receiving second and Naomi Goldstein receiving third.

Creating outside the classroom: Three students are finalists in short story contest

By Colette Yehl November 16, 2023

As they sat at their desks in Matthew Bruneel’s Honors English 10 class, current juniors Naomi Goldstein, Dresden Benke and Lucas Yamamoto had no idea that the speculative fiction short story they’d...

Students and faculty gathered in the small gym from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to donate blood for those in need of a transfusion.

Photo of Yesterday, Nov. 14th: SGA blood drive

By Marilena Adamantiades November 15, 2023

On Nov. 14, the SGA partnered with INOVA Blood Donor Services to host a blood drive open to the Whitman community. Students and faculty gathered in the small gym from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to donate blood...

Director Martin Scorsese delivers his usual elegance within his newest cinematic experience. His passion for the harrowing history is palpable and complements the stunning performances of the cast. However, while the technical aspects are undoubtedly top-notch, the film is held back by a lengthy narrative that stretches the experience too thin. 

“Killers of the Flower Moon”: An eye-opening, educating, exhaustive experience

By Rylan Ammerman November 15, 2023

With 25 feature films at 80, director Martin Scorsese has every reason to hit the brakes and admire his stamp on the world. However, in the twilight of his career, Scorsese’s 26th film, “Killers...

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